On The Island Residency Program


Tasdance has a long history of supporting dance practice and dance artists. The Tasdance Studio and Cottage are located amidst tranquil gardens providing resident artists with much needed space and time for reflection, invigoration, collaboration and response. In 2017 Tasdance hosted 22 professional dance artists, some working alone and some in pairs that were able to take advantage of our unique location and superb facilities.  Artists in Residence in 2017 came from diverse cultural and professional backgrounds such as First Nations dance artists from Tasmania, New South Wales, Aotearoa (New Zealand) and Guam, recent tertiary graduates, established independent dance artists, hybrid performance artists and internationally-based directors and academics.

What we can offer

Resident artists will have free access to the Tasdance Studio (14m x 12m sprung floor with tarkett) and free accommodation in the Tasdance Cottage. Travel and other expenses are the responsibility of the artist.

An audience for a showing and/or discussion at the end of the residency is usual practice and can be arranged in consultation with the Artistic Director.

Please note that the Studio is unavailable between 5:00pm and 9:00pm on Monday to Thursdays and weekends due to our public program and youth companies in residence.

Accommodation at Tasdance is in our one bedroom cottage.  There is a kitchen and bathroom adjacent to the bedroom which has one double bed.  There is also a sofa bed that can be made up, though please note both the double bed and sofa bed are in the same room.

A preference will be given to artists who can demonstrate that this residency aligns with their strategic professional development. Evidence of forward planning will be valued.

Prior to completing the online EOI from, residency applicants should prepare the following information:

  1. CV, maximum 3 pages

  2. 200 word bio

  3. A headshot

  4. Up to 3 images of you dancing and/or your work

  5. A showreel video file (must be post-tertiary work), maximum 10 minutes with at least 2 different works included.

I. STATEMENT OF INTENT Responses should include a description of how you intend to use the residency; your area of choreographic interest or how this residency fits into a choreographic development; whether this is an initial investigation or a continuation of an existing practice/ project; and whether you anticipate the need for a discussion or showing (300 words max)

Responses should explain how this residency will support strategic career development and/or project development and how your residency will contribute to dance in Australia (300 words max)

III. PARTICIPANTS Responses should include information about any proposed partnerships or collaborations during the residency including any other artists/participants who will be joining you for some or part of the time (100 words max)

Responses should include evidence of forward planning by way of a timeline from submission of application through to post-residency goals or plans (200 words max)

V. EVIDENCE OF FUNDING Responses should elaborate on how the applicant will manage financially in Tasmania over the duration of the residency, including what sources of funding they have applied for/secured, if any (150 words max)

Further information

If you need further help please contact Tasdance. Applicants are assessed by the Artistic Director.